Friday, October 31, 2008

happy halloween

closest i'm coming to a halloween costume this year is this shirt.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Voting is sexy.

ended up only waiting 25 min.

Long line to vote

at this point it will supposedly take 1-2 hours

McCain-Obama Dance-Off

I wish I could dance like Obama and McCain. Palin got some moves too.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Many of you watched at least one of the debates that took place between John McCain and Barack Obama and your decision has all ready been decided (at least I hope you're voting.) But most of you who I've spoken to missed out on the speeches given at the Alfred E. Smith charity dinner. It was an opportunity to hear both presidential candidates roast each other for a rare night of self deprecating jokes as opposed to the usual campaign jabs. Barack Obama, asserting that his own "greatest strength would be my humility," dispelled rumors that he was born in a manger, saying he "was actually born on Krypton and sent here by my father, Jor-El, to save the planet Earth." John McCain asserted that "Joe the Plumber" would indeed be hit by higher taxes under an Obama administration, as the now-famous pipe-fitter had "recently signed a very lucrative contract with a wealthy couple to handle all the work on all seven of their houses."

Friday, October 24, 2008

Follow-up to the mail goggles post. Decided to send an email around 11:45 Friday night and this is what happened:

I'm good at crash landings :)

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I promise to vote :) I will be walking to the polling station. No absentee for me, I'm 100% present.
Gmail functions
If you know me and we haven't spoken in ages, chances are we have at least communicated via email, text, or some social networking service (Facebook, LinkedIn...) I have all my emails forwarded to one address to save time and password headaches but with all that information piling up in one place it can be hard to parse thru it and focus on the urgent/ work emails. Like many of you, I use Gmail as my main email provider and have been very happy. First things first, threading of emails has been a life saver for me as it keeps most of my emails together and I don't have to search through them as much to find an email that I'm looking for. But this posting is about something else rather than the functions that are great but boring... If any of you are interested, there are many applications that Google is coming up with to make your email experience more efficient and easy to use. Just go to the settings link on the top right and then click on labs. A bunch of choices are there for you whether they be fun options or "serious" ones. One that I learned about this week is called Mail Goggles. How many of you have ever drunk dialed somebody at a time you shouldn't be making phone calls or called somebody you shouldn't be calling? Yeah, me too. In this day and age, you now have to worry about drunk texting or drunk emailing. One of Google's engineers decided to tackle that issue. "When you enable Mail Goggles, it will check that you're really sure you want to send that late night Friday email. And what better way to check than by making you solve a few simple math problems after you click send to verify you're in the right state of mind?"
Just downloaded a widget so I can quickly and easily post to my blog from my desktop. The widget sits in/on my dashboard on my MacBook. Not a function that I will necessarily use often since it appears the most I can do is BOLD or italicize text. No changing font size or embedding pictures or videos. So now I can upload blogs from my desktop, my phone, and via email. It is becoming clear that if anything happens or there is breaking news in my life, there is a possibility that you will know about it seconds after I do. Especially if you subscribe to this blog via a RSS feed. Or if I call or email you about it. 

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Skydiving Buddies!
We did not look this happy after jumping out of the plane.

Do you currently belong to a gym? Well, over the course of the last 5 years I've belonged to a salt-water "spa" that had a pool, an expensive gym in downtown SF, and a cheap one close to my apartment. And now I find myself strongly considering joining a pool downtown that is a bit pricey but probably worth it. When I belonged to the spa and expensive gym, I would go 4-5 times a week b/c I knew that I had to make it worth the money. Since joining the cheap one, I think I've gone 3, maybe 4 times in as many months. What's funny is that a lot of people belong to the cheap gym and hardly ever go. Talk about a sweet business model! Most of my friends who belong to the gym actually belong to other gyms also but won't cancel the membership because of its price. So I'm at a crossroads, do I cancel my membership and join one that I'll actually go to. The expensive gym, although pricey, was really nice and had a pool. Of course I worked closer to it before than I currently do and that was a huge reason for me canceling. I'm leaning toward just keeping my current membership and joining the pool as I need to start working on my swimming in preparation for Ironman New Zealand.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

natsukashiiiiiiii. :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Lovely article about rednecks voting for Obama... all 2 of them. Some funny quotes... by the way I'm asian, not oriental. Some of the comments are funny, too. My buddy Derrek esp. liked from the comment section, "This election is a major IQ test for all Americans. If McSame/Falin win this election, the world will know there are more Stupid Americans than Intelligent Americans. OBAMA/BIDEN 08 for the best interest for all Americans."
Tuesday, October 21, 2008 (SF Chronicle)
'Rednecks for Obama' defy conventional wisdom
Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Staff Writer

(10-21) 04:00 PDT Rolla, Mo. -- Les Spencer is an atypical Barack Obama
supporter. He's a redneck. His buddy Tony Viessman calls himself one, too.
Without accessing their inner Jeff Foxworthy, they define redneck as
hardworking guys who like to hunt, fish, and maybe pop a beer or two.
"I hunt squirrels, too," Spencer said, in between drags of bummed Pall
Malls on Viessman's back porch. "And I like eating turtles."
Spencer and Viessman comprise the sum total of the Rolla,
Mo.-born-and-bred "Rednecks for Obama." Unaffiliated with the Obama
campaign, it's a home-grown shtick the two retirees invented to address
what may be Obama's most serious challenge in becoming commander in chief:
winning - or at least not totally losing - the "redneck" vote...

The rest of the article can be found here along with comments

People waiting in line for the new google phone. too bad it's tmobile. think I might just get the iphone.
After pretty much a month of traveling, I am now back in SF and will be for at least 3 whole weeks. From Sept. 21 to Oct. 19, I visited Tokyo, Okinawa, New Orleans, Boone North Carolina, and Toledo Ohio. I had the pleasure of working, visiting family & friends, and racing during the past month and now find myself in the ever comfortable place called home. Half the time I was jet-lagged and the other half found me with allergy issues or colds. But still a wonderful time.
After visiting my sister and her fam in North Carolina and Derek & Kerrie in Toledo, I now have house envy, car envy, marriage envy, 9-5 job envy, changing of the seasons envy... you get the picture. Well, that envy is slowly subsiding as I get back into my routine here in SF. The house can wait and will have to as I don't have $600,000 to invest in a studio apt. overlooking another building. The car would totally be a pain as parking is atrocious and marriage is definitely something that can wait. I kinda work 9-5 right now... I'm at least awake during those hours. The leaves changing colors were beautiful but watching my dad rake all of them up everyday and also, my allergies were going crazy, sneezing, coughing, runny nose, itchy eyes... let me think that I like always green trees.
I'll try to upload pics of my adventures but if you can't wait, feel free to check out my flickr page. There is a link to it on the right hand side of the blog.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Over the weekend Pat and I represented San Francisco in the National CityChase race which is like the Amazing Race. It started at 9 am on Friday morning and ended Sat. evening. It technically went about 36 hours with Pat and I calling it quits at around the 34 hour point during the last challenge in which we were supposed to do a photo/video scavenger hunt doing such things as taking a pic of us taking a bubble bath in someone's house, a video of one of us using heavy machinery, a pic of us on somebody's 3rd story balcony... Well, we got the challenge at the same time as 2 other teams but after talking about it over a period of 2 hours, we decided we had done enough and really didn't want to talk to strangers... Earlier that day had taken a lot out of him and I and our motivation was just not there for this last challenge. The reward for winning this race was that the team would go on to the International race in Morocco but Pat and I knew that we wouldn't be able to. Just to give you an idea of what we did, the first real test was a marine boot camp that physically destroyed us, then we did a 6 mile bike ride to a port where we took a boat 20 minutes out and had to catch 20 lbs of fish between two teams. We then cleared a plot of land of trees and weeds that took a couple hours which was in the 9th ward. It was in coordination with the Make It Right foundation and was really hot and tiring. I was stung by a bee or wasp (which I'm allergic to) but it didn't really start bothering me until last night. From the 9th ward, we ran about 5 miles back to downtown New Orleans and had to paint our bodies and then go stand on "stages" while raising $50 from people walking by. This was one of the most uncomfortable things I've ever done as I was totally painted and only wearing a pair of briefs that had "hustler" written on it. After raising $50, one of us had to get a body part pierced which ended with Pat having his belly button pierced. Afterwards, we ate and then headed out to get a Vampire tour of downtown. We thought we would be tested on the information but it turned out after the tour we had to take a citizenship test which would prove crucial during the next day. During the middle of the night, we played golf with glow in the dark balls and this was a tough event for Pat and I as he had never played golf. We were allowed an hour and a half nap in which I got no sleep since I thought we would be woken up soon after laying down and also the mosquitoes were driving me nuts. We then drove 30 minutes to go skydiving and that experience really took its toll on Pat as he was throwing up a lot and very green. I also managed to throw up. Luckily he was able to get better just in time for us to make gumbo. Right before making gumbo, one team was eliminated due to them having the lowest score on the citizen test. Pat and I were tied for 4th after the gumbo which set us 2o min. behind the rest of the teams but the ferry we had to catch luckily didn't leave and we all were together by the time it did. We made a small float, carried an alligator and then received the last challenge of taking photos/videos and at that point we decided we just weren't willing to do it. We felt good about the experience and met some great people. It was a really cool thing to do with Pat right before he heads off to the Army and it tested us in many ways.

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